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Executive Team

Ross McMillan

Ross McMillan

President & CEO
Ross McMillan

Ross McMillan

President & CEO

Ross McMillan was appointed President of Tides Canada in 2007. He provides overall strategic direction for Tides Canada and identifies opportunities to bring philanthropy, civil society, business, and government together in pursuit of positive social change. He has worked with Tides Canada since 2002, leading projects and building relationships with the nonprofit community and consortiums of donors and international philanthropic foundations.

Ross was a principal architect of the Great Bear Rainforest project, one of the most significant conservation programs in North American history. He has worked extensively on diverse social policy matters including housing, urban social change, and aboriginal issues. With nearly 30 years in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors, Ross has extensive experience managing organizations and coalitions to achieve success in complex circumstances.

Anne Marie Johnston

Anne Marie Johnston

Chief Operating Officer
Anne Marie Johnston

Anne Marie Johnston

Chief Operating Officer

Anne Marie Johnston joined Tides Canada in August 2014 and leads organizational operations, including oversight of finance, information systems, human resources, impact assessment, and communications and marketing. She brings extensive strategic and operational experience to the position.

Before joining Tides Canada, Anne Marie served as Managing Director, Development and Alumni Engagement Services at the University of British Columbia, one of Canada’s leading universities and the first in Canada to undertake a $1.5-billion fundraising campaign. Known for her leadership in operational and cultural transformation, Anne Marie’s career has taken her across the country, spearheading large-scale operational projects for Vancity Savings and Credit Union and Royal Bank of Canada.

Anne Marie holds a BA in Applied Geography from Ryerson University and an MBA from Queen’s University. She enjoys spending her free time sharing the love of the outdoors with her family.

Elissa Beckett

Elissa Beckett

Vice President, Development and Strategic Initiatives
Elissa Beckett

Elissa Beckett

Vice President, Development and Strategic Initiatives

Elissa Beckett is a professional fundraiser and businesswoman whose diverse experience has helped hone her core expertise: acting as an entrepreneur in all she does. It is this unique approach to fundraising that Elissa has brought to her role since joining Tides Canada in July 2014. Previously, she led the fundraising teams for WWF-Canada and the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research. She is also the co-founder of Canada’s first Benefit Corporation, FlipGive, a web-based, grassroots fundraising tool that connects people who care to innovative new ways to raise funds.

Elissa holds an MBA from the Ivey School of Business and applies her business acumen and fundraising experience in her position on the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (Toronto Chapter). As a thought leader on innovative trends in the nonprofit sector, Elissa developed and teaches “Entrepreneurial Fundraising” at Ryerson University.

Staff Team

Allison Andrachuk

Allison Andrachuk

Director, Shared Platform
Allison Andrachuk

Allison Andrachuk

Director, Shared Platform

Allison Andrachuk oversees operations and planning of Tides Canada’s shared platform. Prior to this role, she provided project management and administrative support to Tides Canada projects based in Western and Northern Canada. Allison joined Tides Canada following many years in leadership roles in the cultural sector where she developed community outreach programs, projects to increase organizational capacity, and funding initiatives. She has significant training and experience in financial and organizational management and a strong background in the management of non-profit organizations. Through her employment, self-employment, and volunteer activities, Allison has developed across-the-board operational skills and is deeply engaged in using these skills to strengthen the charitable sector.

Leanne Burton

Leanne Burton

Director of Development
Leanne Burton

Leanne Burton

Director of Development

Leanne Burton has enjoyed more than 10 years of work in strategic partnerships, brand licensing, marketing, sponsorship, and philanthropy. She focuses on building multi-player partnerships that yield shared value for the collective.

Leanne feels honored to call the charitable sector her place of work. Daily, she has the opportunity to be challenged, to evolve, and to be inspired.

Christopher Chan

Christopher Chan

Senior Donations and Revenue Coordinator
Christopher Chan

Christopher Chan

Senior Donations and Revenue Coordinator

Christopher Chan ensures efficient donation processing and record keeping to support Tides Canada’s donor and client acquisition, stewardship, and retention efforts. He has over five years of experience in managing donations and donor relations with an understanding of data integrity, fundraising reports, and best practices related to the acquisition and capture of information into donor database. Chris holds a BA in Geography, Environmental Specialty, from Simon Fraser University. He enjoys travelling and being in nature.

Sarah Chee

Sarah Chee

Interim Manager, Communications and Marketing
Sarah Chee

Sarah Chee

Interim Manager, Communications and Marketing

Sarah Chee provides oversight for web and digital communications to effectively tell Tides Canada’s story. Her role encompasses everything from liaising with shared platform projects and partners to launching campaigns on Facebook and Twitter to managing websites and brand.

Sarah joined Tides Canada by way of Vancouver Foundation, where she oversaw social media, web strategy, and communications for grants and community initiatives. She holds her BA in Communications from Simon Fraser University and has diverse experience working in the tech, government, retail, and academic sectors. When not working, Sarah enjoys photography, social media, and travel.

Wendy Cooper

Wendy Cooper

Program Lead, Ontario and National Watersheds
Wendy Cooper

Wendy Cooper

Program Lead, Ontario and National Watersheds

Based in Toronto, Wendy Cooper manages relationships with donors and partners to build bridges, support unique places, and tackle pressing issues, with a special focus on freshwater nationally and place-based work in Ontario. She has been an active member of the environmental community for more than 15 years, working for a government agency and charitable organizations at a national and community scale, as well as a consultant and a volunteer. Her focus has been on land and water stewardship with a keen and growing interest in the intersections between healthy environments, people, and communities. Wendy also led the Georgian Bay Land Trust, a grassroots charity focused on engaging communities in conservation along the eastern shore of Georgian Bay and North Channel, for eight years as their first Executive Director.

Natalie Cushing

Natalie Cushing

Project Specialist
Natalie Cushing

Natalie Cushing

Project Specialist

Natalie Cushing joined the Tides Canada team in August 2013 and provides operational and administrative support to initiatives on the shared platform based in Western and Northern Canada. She has been part of the nonprofit sector for over a decade in volunteer, employee, contractor, and board member roles. Throughout her time in the sector, she has focused on the value of governance, administration, and planning in shaping nonprofits that effectively and efficiently realize their missions.

Prior to joining Tides Canada, Natalie led business development and grant management at a nonprofit promoting residential energy efficiency. Prior to relocating to Vancouver, she was also a long time supporter of the Greater Victoria Compost Education Centre, culminating in three years on the Board of Directors. Natalie was a core volunteer with a bog restoration project of the Stanley Park Ecological Society.

Stephen Ellis

Stephen Ellis

Program Lead, Northern Canada
Stephen Ellis

Stephen Ellis

Program Lead, Northern Canada

Stephen Ellis is the Program Lead, Northern Canada, at Tides Canada. Based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Stephen works with Northern communities and partners to empower northerners, build capacity, and advance solutions to integrated social, cultural, environmental, and economic challenges in the North.

After completing a Masters in Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo, Stephen and his wife Tracey commenced life together and started a family in Lutsel K’e, a Dene community on the East Arm of Great Slave Lake. During this time he worked primarily with indigenous communities, but also with governments and industry, to tackle tough land and resource challenges.

Stephen is a member of the Environmental Monitoring Advisory Board for the Diavik Diamond Mine and a Director for the Dechinta Institute for Research and Learning. He previously chaired the Akaitcho Screening Board and was a long-standing Director of the Denesoline Corporation and a member of the NWT Protected Areas Strategy Steering Committee. He enjoys being outside in all seasons and spending time with his three boys.

Catherine Emrick

Catherine Emrick

Senior Associate, Aquaculture Innovation
Catherine Emrick

Catherine Emrick

Senior Associate, Aquaculture Innovation

Catherine Emrick is the Senior Associate of Aquaculture Innovation at Tides Canada. Previously, through the SOS Marine Conservation Foundation, Catherine helped to develop business-oriented solutions to the negative impacts of open net finfish aquaculture and a strategy to build a sustainable aquaculture industry in BC. In her role at Tides Canada, she focuses on advancing aquaculture solutions that protect wild salmon and the marine environment. Catherine works in close collaboration with industry members, research institutions, environmental organizations, First Nations, and regulators to explore and advance the adoption of closed containment aquaculture systems as a means to foster the environmental protection of wild salmon while providing for economic development, particularly in BC’s coastal communities.

Catherine holds a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Business Administration from the University of Calgary, and is a Fellow and Life member of the Certified General Accountant’s Association. Her experience includes practicing environmental, regulatory, and administrative law in Alberta and the Canada’s North. In honour of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CGA designation, Catherine was chosen by CGA Canada as one of the 100 CGAs who have made an outstanding contribution to their communities and the lives of others. She is a currently a member of Board of CPA Canada, formed to unify the Canadian accounting profession.

Kim Hardy

Kim Hardy

Program Lead,
Western Canada
Kim Hardy

Kim Hardy

Program Lead,
Western Canada

Kim Hardy works with funders and grantees to find strategic philanthropic “uncommon solutions for the common good” with special focus on Canada’s West Coast and Northern geographies. She has worked extensively with First Nations, development corporations and rural communities on community-based economic development projects in BC and the Yukon. Kim completed her MBA in Community Economic Development at Cape Breton University after studying psychology at the University of Victoria and completing the Community Economic Development certificate at Simon Fraser University. She has been an active member of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network, participating on the BC/Yukon Council and is currently contributing to Genuine Progress Pacific as a Board Member.

Sara Hsiao

Sara Hsiao

Program Associate
Sara Hsiao

Sara Hsiao

Program Associate

Sara Hsiao joined Tides Canada in August 2014. She supports strategic and grantmaking programs across Northern Canada, Manitoba, and Ontario. Sara also helps lead organizational and programmatic evaluation.

Previously, Sara spent five years with the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada, where she developed, implemented, and evaluated education, research, and community-based conservation programs. She played important and diverse roles in the organization’s two largest conservation and community well-being programs in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Before that, Sara interned with the Environment and Energy section of the former Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in Washington, DC.

Sara has a BSc and a Master’s of Research, and has been published in Oryx—The International Journal of Conservation. Based in Toronto, Sara spends time getting outside, learning, and engaging in community-led solutions to issues close to her heart.

Todd Jaques

Todd Jaques

Director, Strategic Initiatives
Todd Jaques

Todd Jaques

Director, Strategic Initiatives

Todd Jaques collaborates with projects and partners to build uncommon solutions for the common good, including growing and cultivating the Tides Canada project community, building impact investing partnerships, and innovating the shared platform model. Prior to joining Tides Canada, Todd was the Director of Operations and Agriculture Partnerships at the Ontario Association of Food Banks, where he was responsible for creating new programs to increase food banks’ participation in sustainable food systems.

Danielle Johnston

Danielle Johnston

Project Specialist
Danielle Johnston

Danielle Johnston

Project Specialist

Danielle joined Tides Canada in January 2017 and provides operational support to initiatives on the shared platform. Before joining Tides Canada, she worked at a policy firm where she managed business operations and executed public consultations on a range of issues. In 2013, she completed a Coady International Institute Fellowship in Zambia, where she assisted with a national consultation on enshrining women’s rights in the constitution. While in Zambia, she saw the challenges small charities face, and this sparked her interest in new approaches to helping organizations achieve their missions more effectively.

Though based in Toronto, Danielle was raised in British Columbia, and she shows her BC roots through her love of the outdoors and yoga. She is a Canada World Youth alumni and remains active with the organization as a former Board member and current member of the President’s Advisory Council.

Melissa Leite

Melissa Leite

Senior Development Coordinator
Melissa Leite

Melissa Leite

Senior Development Coordinator

Based in Toronto, Melissa Leite joined Tides Canada in September 2011. As a member of the Development team, she manages and executes Tides Canada’s donor advised fund, planned giving, and direct giving programs.

Prior to joining Tides Canada, Melissa worked in retail banking at TD Canada Trust. Melissa holds an honours degree in Public Policy and Administration from York University and a post-graduate certificate in Public Policy and Administration from Humber College. Melissa is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Toronto Chapter.

Chris Little

Chris Little

Director, Finance
Chris Little

Chris Little

Director, Finance

Chris Little joined Tides Canada in October 2015 and provides operational and strategic leadership for the finance department, including oversight of the accounting, financial, reporting and budgeting processes and organizational risk management strategy.

Before joining Tides Canada, Chris served as Project Manager for a large finance system implementation at Vancity Savings and Credit Union. Chris is also a co-founder of the charitable project Reconciliation Canada and held numerous roles there including Director, Operations and Partnerships and Director, New Way Forward Development.

Chris is a CPA, CA and holds a BSc in Physiotherapy from the University of Toronto. She enjoys spending her free time on the North Shore mountains with her family and two dogs.

Trevor Loke

Trevor Loke

Development Manager
Trevor Loke

Trevor Loke

Development Manager

Trevor Loke joined Tides Canada in May 2017 and compliments the national Development team as the lead team member in Western Canada. Prior to joining Tides Canada, Trevor worked as an independent development consultant and advisor with clients across North America, helping them grow their organizations through lean practices and strategic partnerships.

Trevor co-founded the crowdfunding start-up Weeve in 2011, serving as Chief Operating Officer before selling the company in 2013. Concurrently, he served as a Vancouver Park Board Commissioner from 2011 to 2014. Trevor was named a BC Business Magazine 2014 Top 30 under 30 and a Maclean’s Magazine 2014 “future leader” of Canada for his work.

When not working, he spends his time playing ice hockey, hiking, cycling, camping, skiing, reading, playing video and board games, volunteering, travelling, and enjoying life in beautiful Vancouver.

Flannery May

Flannery May

Finance Specialist
Flannery May

Flannery May

Finance Specialist

Based in Vancouver, Flannery supports the financial health of projects on the shared platform as well as Strategic Grantmaking programs and donor advised funds. She works closely with directors, project specialists, and program leads to provide financial analysis and accounting expertise.

Flannery is a new transplant from San Francisco and most recently worked as a financial analyst at New Venture Fund, one of the fastest-growing public charities in the US. She has extensive experience with budgeting, audits, internal controls, and financial reporting. Flannery’s background includes accounting and finance roles for charities, nonprofits, and political campaigns.

Flannery received her undergraduate degree in women and gender studies from San Francisco State University and completed accounting coursework at Santa Monica College.

Chelsea Morka

Chelsea Morka

Project Specialist
Chelsea Morka

Chelsea Morka

Project Specialist

Ryan Nicol

Ryan Nicol

Finance Specialist
Ryan Nicol

Ryan Nicol

Finance Specialist

Ryan is part of the Tides Canada Finance team, and he is responsible for ensuring the overall financial health of projects on the shared platform. He liaises with project specialists, coordinators, directors, funders, and vendors to provide various accounting services. Ryan has 14 years of experience in business and accounting and eight years of experience in full-cycle fund reporting. He has worked in real-estate management and hospitality industries and has spent the last three years in the charity sector with Tides Canada. He has a commerce degree from the University of Victoria with a specialization in entrepreneurship and a Hospitality Diploma from Vancouver Community College, and he is currently working towards his CPA.

Ryan is a year-round cyclist, a hobby musician, and loves hiking and being outdoors.

Julie Price

Julie Price

Program Lead, Manitoba
Julie Price

Julie Price

Program Lead, Manitoba

Julie Price leads a strategic grantmaking program called the Northern Manitoba Food, Culture & Community Fund. This fund is a collaboration between 10 organizations and its purpose is to support local projects that increase access to healthy food, improve community health, and drive community economic development.

Julie was born and raised in Manitoba, where she completed a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture followed by a Masters in Natural Resource Management. Prior to joining Tides Canada, she worked in large-scale animal agriculture and then spent a decade with Heifer Canada, working with communities in Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Manitoba to improve local food systems and reduce hunger and poverty. As an active member of her community, Julie has supported and facilitated the development of local organizations including the Farmers’ Markets Association of Manitoba, Harvest Moon Local Food initiative, Fort Whyte Farms, and Manitoba Farm Mentorship. She is a founding board member of Food Matters Manitoba, a provincial food security organization.

Julie has a strong belief in the wisdom of communities. Her development philosophy is to listen, learn, and adapt to local needs.

Alissa Reed

Alissa Reed

Executive Assistant to the President & CEO
Alissa Reed

Alissa Reed

Executive Assistant to the President & CEO

Alissa Reed joined the Tides Canada team in November 2016 and provides administrative support to the President & CEO, as well as supporting the Board of Directors and the Executive and Management teams. Prior to joining Tides Canada, Alissa worked as an Executive Assistant at the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC). She has also lived and worked in Japan as part of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (JET).

Alissa has a BA in Economics and Sociology from the University of Toronto and a Certificate in Sustainability Management and Enterprise Process Excellence from Ryerson University. In her free time, she enjoys reading, running, and hiking, and she has thru-hiked the 4,200km Pacific Crest Trail.

Allison Roberts

Allison Roberts

Senior Project Coordinator
Allison Roberts

Allison Roberts

Senior Project Coordinator

Based in Toronto, Allie Roberts is the Senior Project Coordinator for Tides Canada’s shared platform. She provides day-to-day support to the project specialists and all projects on the shared platform, manages proposals and report submissions, and maintains project data.

Prior to joining Tides Canada, Allie provided research and program support for a number of Toronto-based nonprofits, including Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, EcoSpark, and the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance. Allie has a Masters of Environmental Studies degree from Queen’s University and a BA in Environmental Studies (emphasis on environmental policy and law) from Trent University.

In a volunteer capacity, Allie co-coordinates the Trinity Bellwoods Adopt-A-Tree program and is a monthly contributor to a blog that focuses on positive environmental stories. In her spare time, she enjoys watching birds, baseball, and cover bands.

Orit Sarfaty

Orit Sarfaty

Director, Strategic Programs
Orit Sarfaty

Orit Sarfaty

Director, Strategic Programs

Orit Sarfaty is the Director of Strategic Programs at Tides Canada. She is responsible for developing, managing, and growing regional and nationwide programs that interweave social justice and environmental initiatives. These include food security initiatives in Northern Manitoba, grassroots- and policy-based leadership along the Pacific Coast, community programs across Ontario, and social enterprise programs in the Arctic.

Orit contributes to innovative program development, funding mechanisms, and convening opportunities through her skills acquired over 20 years of senior management roles in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, she worked in community and cultural planning as Principal Consultant of Lord Cultural Resources and Executive Director of an international development charity. Orit holds a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Washington and a BA from Harvard University.

Ivan Thompson

Ivan Thompson

Senior Advisor
Ivan Thompson

Ivan Thompson

Senior Advisor

Ivan Thompson is Senior Advisor with a primary focus on Canada’s Pacific wild salmon watersheds. Ivan returned to Tides Canada in 2017 after working for a decade as Program Officer for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Wild Salmon Ecosystem Initiative. In his role at Tides Canada, he continues to work with the Moore Foundation and a range of philanthropic, academic, community, and NGO partners to sustain and extend improvements to wild salmon management frameworks and watershed governance mechanisms. This includes an emphasis on the protection of high quality freshwater habitat, improvements in the selectivity of fisheries, and innovations in salmon aquaculture.

In the early 2000s, Ivan headed up the Northern Rivers Initiative at the Sage Centre (now the Tides Canada Shared Platform) and, as ForestEthics’ Community and Economic Advisor, worked with the Rainforest Solutions Project to protect the Great Bear Rainforest. Previously he had an extensive professional career in education and counselling with Outward Bound schools, alternative programs and adult education settings, culminating in the role of Dean of Education at Northwest Community College in northern British Columbia.

Ivan holds a BA in Psychology from McMaster University, a BEd in Experiential Education from Queens University, an MEd in Counselling from University of Victoria, and a post-graduate certification in Applied Economics from the University of London.

Angie Vickaryous

Angie Vickaryous

Human Resources Manager
Angie Vickaryous

Angie Vickaryous

Human Resources Manager

Angie has been responsible for the Human Resources function at Tides Canada since 2009. After a brief but rewarding career as a teacher, since 2000 she has worked with nonprofit, high technology, and manufacturing organizations to build their HR function from the ground up. She now helps Tides Canada design, improve, administer, and promote best practices in drafting and administering HR policies and procedures, risk management, performance management, health and safety, compensation and benefits, employee engagement, and recruitment and retention. She is currently a member of the Vancouver HR Non-Profit Roundtable group, an advisory member on the Board of Growing Chefs, and a member of Kwantlen University’s Certificate in NGO and Non-Profit Studies Program Advisory Committee.

The simple things in life bring Angie pleasure, so she enjoys spending time with her husband, two kids and their duck toller, exploring our local parks and beaches, coffee roasters, wineries, and craft breweries.

Shayla Walker

Shayla Walker

Program Associate
Shayla Walker

Shayla Walker

Program Associate

Shayla Walker is a Program Associate on the Strategic Programs team. She is based in Vancouver where she supports the implementation of the Pacific Program, which includes project management, grant administration, financial and contract management, event coordination and programmatic planning, and evaluation and reporting. Prior to her current role at Tides Canada, Shayla worked as Donations and Programs Administrator on our Client Services (now Development) team. She has been part of the nonprofit sector for over a decade in volunteer, employee, and board member roles.

Shayla holds a BA in Sociology from the University of British Columbia. She enjoys being outdoors any time of the year and can often be found running or walking the Seawall, listening to one her many favourite podcasts.

Elena Yepes

Elena Yepes

Manager, Information Systems
Elena Yepes

Elena Yepes

Manager, Information Systems

Elena has been part of the Tides Canada team since 2014 and has been leading the Information Systems team since 2015. She leads the ongoing development and implementation of secure and cost-effective technical solutions for the organization. Elena has several years of experience in the I.T. industry and has worked in diverse industries such as education, social services, insurance, real estate, and the nonprofit sector. Elena graduated from Information Technology Management in 2008 and attended Simon Fraser University, where she was trained as a business analyst. She also holds several industry certifications, including her recently acquired Project Management Certification (PMP).

Elena has been an active volunteer for more than 20 years and is passionate about the environment. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and travelling.